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October 11, 2013

Costs central theme again in Camm trial

Bill of Dutch DNA specialist questioned.

LEBANON — The costs associated with the third murder trial of David Camm came up again in court Wednesday, as prosecutors questioned defense witnesses about their efforts to clear the former state trooper from charges he killed his wife and two children 13 years ago.

Under questioning by prosecutors, a Dutch forensic scientist who’s testified he found “trace DNA” evidence that links another man to the killings, said he’s billed the public defender about $350,000 since starting work on the case in March. On Tuesday, that scientist, Richard Eikelenboom, said he couldn’t recall the exact amount of his bill.

Later in the day, former FBI agent Gary Dunn said the estimated $260,000 he’s been paid for his work as a private detective hired by Camm’s defense team nine years ago — after Camm’s first conviction was overturned — doesn’t include “a couple thousand hours” of work for which he’s never been billed. About half that amount was paid by Camm’s relatives for the defense team in the second trial; the other half has been billed through the public defender appointed for Camm in this third trial.

The issue of money, in a case that’s nearing $4.4 million in costs to taxpayers, arose as the prosecution worked to undermine the defense’s argument that Camm is innocent of charges that he fatally shot his wife, Kimberly, and their two children, Bradley, 7, and Jill, 5, in the garage of their Floyd County home in September 2000. Camm had left the state police four months before the murders occurred.

Camm’s lead defense attorney, Richard Kammen, was clearly irked by the prosecutors’ questions about money. Pointing to the prosecution’s team, including its investigators, Kammen asked Dunn repeatedly if he thought they were being paid for their work on the case. “The only guy not being paid to be here is Mr. Camm,” Kammen said.

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